Tuesday, February 7, 2017

van Gilse, Jan. (1881-1944). Symphony No 3,

From my collection.
Bought in January 2014.
First listen: 28-1-2014.
Second listen: 7-2-2017.
Label CPO.
Recording dates: July 2009.
Recording venue: Enschede, Muziek centrum, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Stephan Reh.
Running time: 63:02.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:

Symphony No 3. "Elevation". in D major, with soprano solo. Movements, 3 & 5.

Performed by:

Netherlands SO, David Porcelijn.

Another forgotten and neglected composer, even at his lifetime, he was often forced to conduct his own works at his own expenses. His compositions were not published, save a few, and he did not often work as a conductor, and if, only for a short time. As a Jew he lived in dangerous times, and consequently suffered much, losing both his sons in WW II. He died in 1944, and was buried under a false name, only attended by a few friends. His life was not a happy one. It is therefore to be applauded that CPO decided to make his works more known to the world which started with the excellent first and second symphonies, and now I am listening to the third. This works owes his allegiance to Wagner and foremost to Richard Strauss, which influences are all over the place. It's even derivative in certain moments. But it is nevertheless a fine work, which has the contribution of a soprano in the movements 3 and 5, which could have been written by Strauss, such is the resemblance. Unfortunately the soprano Aile Asszonyi is not suited to the high writing, she is virtually squeezing out the notes and it all sounds ghastly. I have listen to this but will not do that again, and keep to the purely instrumental parts, which are fine and artistically rewarding. The sound is good, as is the playing of this orchestra, but be prepared for the soprano.





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